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Converting WomenGender and Protestant Christianity in Colonial South India$
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Eliza F. Kent

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165071.001.0001

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Civilization and Sexuality: Indian Christian Marriage

Civilization and Sexuality: Indian Christian Marriage

(p.165) 5 Civilization and Sexuality: Indian Christian Marriage
Converting Women

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This chapter examines representations of conjugality produced in three different textual genres: the administrative records of the Madras Presidency; the literature produced by educated, urban, high-caste Indian Christians; and the tracts of the first independent Christian church in south India. Marriage was an outward sign of the quality of the inner transformations of Indian Christians, with different groups adopting different forms of marriage. While the elite Satthianadhans embraced a form of marriage modeled after Western forms, the founder of the Hindu Christian Church Rev. Arumai Nayakam Sattampillai advocated a martial form of marriage drawn from conservative elements of Indian tradition.

Keywords:   marriage, conjugality, Indian Christians, religious conversion, caste, India

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